The Oakland General Strike in pictures

My last post was slightly rushed, so I’d just like to expand slightly on some of the things I mentioned in it. First of all, I briefly mentioned a few recent events in the UK, but didn’t get around to discussing their full significance: I think the latest victory that Edinburgh Claimants have won over A4e is especially important because there’s a common myth that the unemployed are powerless and incapable of any action other than petitioning others to act on their behalf, so examples of successful direct action by claimants are valuable as a way of undermining this sense of powerlessness. Similarly, I think the Hackney squatters’ resistance to evictions is particularly important following the depressing events at Dale Farm. This kind of action needs to spread and spread, not just in defence of squats, but also those families threatened with eviction after the riots, and just anyone who’s fallen behind on their rent. This kind of thing makes a huge difference in people’s lives, and it’s an area where we can make an impact relatively easily, so it’d be good to see it happen more often. I also want to repeat the plug for the Guildhall cleaners’ demonstration on Monday, anyone in the London area who’s not at work then should definitely try to get down to support them.

But mostly I just want to post loads of pictures from the Oakland general strike, because things like that don’t happen every day. So here you go:

Occupy Everything banner

A view of the bridge.

More of the huge crowd that shut down the port.

Hella Occupy Oakland poster

Liberate Oakland poster

The port blockade

Occupy the Banks banner, with large black bloc visible.

Class War graffiti

Wells Fargo blockaded.

Strike graffiti

An occupied container at the port.

An occupied truck at the port.

Please unfuck the world.

Don't gas me, bro!

Marching to shut down the port.

Bilingual banner.

Wells Fargo blockaded.

Intersection dance party.

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Bank of America shut down.

Veterans marching to the docks.

Giant banner flipping you off visible in the background.

Change begins with us.

Veterans blockading the port.

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Victims of police brutality.

Solidarity

"If we cannot live, we will not work" banner

Huge "Death to Capitalism, General Strike!" banner

Oscar Grant plaza seen from above.

The Bank of America after a visit.

Don't fuck with Oakland.

Occupied news van.

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"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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